The HUD/DOT FY 2011 Appropriations bill passed the House yesterday, with amendments. The bill status page HERE has links to Congressional actions, including amendments.
One Democratic amendment from Kaptur of Ohio, TOTALLY eliminates all HUD travel funds. When I say "totally", I mean totally.
I have posted the Congressional Record discussion of that amendment HERE. The gist:
I believe I projected in prior post that the Secretary's trip to Rio was going to be a PR problem, but I did not think it was going to take so long, or that a Democratic congresswoman would use it as part of the appropriations process to "send a message" to a Democratic Administration that has significantly increased funding for HUD programs.Rather than let HUD staff use our public dollars to travel to places like Rio de Janeiro, when people in our country are working so hard to try to work out these mortgages and the banks aren't answering the telephones, let HUD use all of its power and authority to bring the worst offenders and their buddies to focus their staff on doing mortgage workouts in places like Toledo, Ohio, Cleveland, Boise, Idaho, Las Vegas, Sacramento. We ought to be doing mortgage workouts, not taking what look like vacations to Rio de Janeiro.
Originally posted and created on the Oregon Housing Blog.